Arthurlie Secure Another Four Signings

Stephen Connelly has revealed Arthurlie FC Amateurs have added even more depth to their Cup-winning squad with another four pre-season signings, writes Tom Scott.

The quartet are as follows:

Ryan Truesdale – Goalkeeper.

Mikey McCready – Defender.

Connor McCabe – Midfielder.

Andy Stewart – Forward.

Stephen: “The latest round of signings brings us up to 16 players, and we’ll look to confirm a few more between now and the start of the season.”

“All four players played a big part in our Jimmy Marshall Cup run, and we are delighted that they will be here again, for the new season”

“We are in the middle of a three-game friendly run and are looking forward to an away trip to Fife this Saturday, when we play Balgonie Scotia.”

“Our numbers are a bit depleted right now with injuries, holidays and work commitments, but it’s still important that the players who are available get the opportunity to get minutes before the new season.”

“The results might take a hit in these games, but whilst we want to win, it’s not the be all and end all in friendly matches.”

“Our ultimate aim is to be ready for what is a tough opener in the Centenary Cup – away to Easthall Star on 14th August – and we will be.”

Stephen, who is part of the successful Arthurlie backroom staff that made the transition from Under-21, not sent this second batch of signings (photographs), but has been tremendous to deal with since Scottish Amateur Football News increased their coverage of the game in March, 2020.

Many thanks, Stephen.

Marshall Cup Holders Secure 12 Signings

Stephen Connelly has revealed Arthurlie FC Amateurs have followed up the recent Jimmy Marshall Summer Cup Final success by securing their first 12 signings – with more to come, writes Tom Scott.

Stephen and his backroom colleagues have certainly been busy, and he contacted myself with their names and an array of photographs,

which I always welcome with open arms at Scottish Amateur Football News.

Here we go:

Michael Connelly (C) – Defender.

Chrissy Kennedy – Defender.

Joe O’Hara – Defender.

Joshua Healy – Defender / (Forward).

Lee McDonagh – Midfielder.

Ryan McNeill – Midfielder.

James Wiseman – Midfielder.

Jack Doherty – Forward.

Sean Ross – Forward.

Michael Docherty – Forward.

Jamie Cochran – Forward.

Kyle Elrick – Striker.

Stephen admitted: “We are delighted to get the first of our registrations completed, ahead of the new season and the remaining players will be confirmed in the next week or two.”

“We don’t expect there to be too many comings or goings before the new season. There’s already a strong squad here as the players showed in the Jimmy Marshall Cup win, and we want to keep the group together and add to our first success.”

“We have decided to take a week’s break from training or playing and will restart pre-season on Tuesday 20th July.”

“That will give us eight training sessions (Tuesday/Thursday) and three Saturday friendlies before the Scottish Amateur Football League kick off the Centenary Centenary Cup group stages on 14th August.”

“We have arranged three away friendlies – Stewarton Utd on 24th July, Balgonie Scotia (Fife) on 31st July and Houston Utd on 7th August.”

Once again, huge thanks to Stephen Connelly.

Arthurlie FC Open Day: Outstanding Success

With four teams under their banner – including the Jimmy Marshall Summer Cup winners – there was never any doubt the sun would shine and help add more success to the Arthurlie FC Open Day, writes Tom Scott.

Mr Stephen Connelly, who is part of the Arthurlie FC Amateurs backroom staff, and a tremendous source of help to myself and Scottish Amateur Football News, kindly supplied all the photographs and commented about the Saturday afternoon showpiece in Barrhead.

Group pic of First Team, Under-20s Development Team and Amateurs.

Arthurlie FC Amateurs with the Jimmy Marshall Summer Cup – won against Castlemilk OBC.

Arthurlie First Team

Arthurlie Under-20s Development Team

Said Stephen:  “The open day at Dunterlie on Saturday was a great success and it was great to see so many familiar faces together at the ground again, after what seems like forever.”
“The local community got a chance to see what the club is trying to build, and the hope is that things will continue to grow stronger both on and off the park.”
“Well done to everyone who played a part on Saturday, and now we hope that all the teams at the club can go on and have a successful season.”

Open Day At Dunterlie Park

Arthurlie Football Club are looking forward to welcoming the local community to their Dunterlie Park ground today (Saturday) for an action-packed Open Day event, writes Tom Scott.

The Club’s three senior teams – 1st team, Arthurlie U20s Development Squad, and Cup-winning Arthurlie FC Amateurs will play Inter-Club matches on the pitch throughout the day.

Proceedings kick- off at 12.00 noon.

The gates open from 11.00am. Entry will be by donation through the turnstiles at the North End of the ground.

A limit of 250 spectators is permitted inside the ground at any one time, and the Club will monitor this throughout the day.

However, it’s not only about the football at sunny Barrhead (hopefully!), though.

There are various other means of super entertainment for on show for everyone:

– Bouncy Castle.

– Fire Brigade.

– Face Painting.

– Raffles – Some superb prizes to be won.

– Tombola.

– Home Baking.

– Charity Stalls.

With the weather set fair, they are looking forward to seeing YOU at Dunterlie Park.

Arthurlie F.C. Open Day

Trophy-winning Arthurlie FC Amateurs will be part of an exciting Open Day planned for Barrhead this Saturday, writes Tom Scott.

The newcomers to Amateur football defeated Castlemilk OBC 2-0 in the Jimmy Marshall Summer Cup Final at Glasgow Green on Saturday, July 3.

I am obliged to Mr Stephen Connelly for sending through all the information. I hope the weather is decent for everyone supporting what looks like being a superb day.

The Football Club is looking forward to welcoming the local community to Dunterlie Park on Saturday 10th July.

The club’s three senior teams – the 1st team, Arthurlie U20s Development Squad and Arthurlie FC Amateurs will play inter-club matches on the pitch throughout the day.

With proceedings kicking off at 12.00 noon, the gates will open from 11.00am. Entry will be by donation through the turnstiles at the North end of the ground.

A limit of 250 spectators are permitted inside the ground at any one time, and the Club will monitor this throughout the day.

It’s not only about the football on Saturday though, with various other means of entertainment for everyone:

– Bouncy Castle.

– Fire Brigade.

– Face Painting.

– Raffles – Some superb prizes to be won.

– Tombola.

– Home Baking.

– Charity Stalls.

With the weather set fair, they are looking forward to seeing you at Dunterlie Park on Saturday.

Barrhead Club Win Jimmy Marshall Final

First-season Arthurlie FC Amateurs have taken delivery of their first item of silverware, writes Tom Scott.

Arthurlie FC Amateurs 2, Castlemilk OBC 0.
Jimmy Marshall Summer Cup Final.
Saturday, 3rd July.
Venue: Glasgow Green
Goals – Joe O’Hara, Ryan McNeill.

Line-Up: Gary Bishop, Joshua Healy, Michael Connelly, Joe O’Hara, Chrissy Kennedy, James Wiseman, Connor McCabe, Ryan McNeill, Sean Ross, Jack Doherty, Kyle Elrick.

Subs: Lee McDonagh, Jamie Cochran, Andy Stewart, Michael Docherty (All used).

And in a first for Scottish Amateur Football News, I am able to bring our followers and readers exclusive comments from BOTH CAMPS.

Arthurlie FC Amateurs and Castlemilk OBC have been absolutely superb supporting SAFN with their individual coverage of player items, results, scorers, reports and photographs.

In the absence of other officials/ member Clubs coming forward, Stephen Connelly (Arthurlie) and Castlemilk OBC player / captain Andrew Gilmartin have offered up 110% co-operation.

Stephen and Andrew have told me they can see the value of publicising their individual Club (s) via the “News”.

Both are members of the Scottish Amateur Football League – the oldest set-up in the country.

Yes, in Andrew’s case, he filed a report from the LOSING Castlemilk Camp – not many would have carried out that job.

What I usually experience is “No Comment.”

I can’t thank Stephen and Andrew enough from “our team” at Scottish Amateur Football News.

To kick -off, here is what STEPHEN CONNELLY had to say after the final whistle.

“Cup finals are all about winning and the boys got the job done.”

“I don’t think anybody could really argue with the result – in the key moments, we were excellent.”

“The first goal was always going to be crucial and it’s a top delivery from Kyle and a great header from Joe.”

“The second goal is a mistake at the back for Castlemilk, but it comes from the pressure our guys put them under. The save from Bish (Goalkeeper) at 0-0 deserves special mention – that was crucial.”

“Castlemilk are a good, experienced side and again, it speaks volumes about the players we have here, that they were able to go toe to toe with them and come away with the Cup.”

“It’s a great start to our Amateur journey and now we are hungry for more success.”

“We have an open day at Arthurlie next Saturday and then we will look to arrange a few friendlies ahead of the new season.”

“Commiserations to Castlemilk, and we wish them all the best for the season ahead.”

Photographic coverage of the Final celebrations also provided by Mr Stephen Connelly.

Jimmy Marshall Cup Final Coverage

GLASGOW GREEN: AFTER-MATCH SPECIAL

Arthurlie FC 2, Castlemilk OBC 0.

Moving over to the Castlemilk OBC Camp, and the report/ comments from midfielder and captain ANDREW GILMARTIN.

Starting 11 – Goldfarb, Brown, Ridge, Coll, Connelly, McKenna, Moran, Gilmartin(C), O’Brien, Gillan, Garth.

Managers Man of the Match – Coll.

Said Andrew “Congratulations to a very good Arthurlie side who deserved their Cup Final win on the day.”

“This was a game of very few chances in which Arthurlie were clinical in, and with our centre half scoring another avoidable own goal, this sold the jerseys for us in the end.”

“Arthurlie started the game on the front foot bursting with energy throughout. We managed to keep the score 0-0 until half time with both teams not creating many clear-cut chances.”

“The goals came in the second period where Arthurlie opened the scoring with a great delivery and back post header for 1-0.”

“We only really looked dangerous from set plays with a few great crosses into the box, however, no conviction to put the ball in the opposition net.”

“Another own goal from Ridge with 15 minutes to play killed us, and Arthurlie took home a well-deserved Cup Final win.”

Thank you to Andrew for his Castlemilk OBC Report, and the Arthurlie Report from Stephen Connelly.

Arthurlie AFC: The Jimmy Marshall Summer Cup Latest

From the Arthurlie FC Amateurs Camp. Thanks again to Stephen Connelly.

Young ‘Lie Squad Reach First Amateur Final First-season Arthurlie FC Amateurs passed their latest testing examination last Saturday when they reached the Final of the Jimmy Marshall Summer Cup – can they win the silverware today, writes Tom Scott.

Once again Stephen Connelly was right on the ball with his Match Report and Official Comments from the Barrhead Club following their Semi-Final victory:

Arthurlie FC Amateurs 5, Hillington AFC 2.

Line Up: Ryan Truesdale, Michael Connelly, Mikey McCready, Joe O’Hara, Chrissy Kennedy, James Wiseman, Ryan McNeill, Connor McCabe, Sean Ross, Joshua Healy, Andy Stewart.

Subs: Blair Hughes, Jamie Cochran, Jack Doherty,

Lee McDonagh (All used).

Goals – Joshua Healy, Michael Connelly, Joe O’Hara, Jack Doherty, Ryan McNeill.

In an exclusive interview Stephen said:

“This was a huge test of character for our young squad and they passed it with flying colours.”

“We were 2-0 down in the first half and despite not being at our best, I thought that was harsh on us, given the amount of chances we created.”

“We have no complaints about the red card that went against us, it was a poor challenge, but we felt aggrieved that Hillington didn’t go down to ten for an equally poor challenge a few minutes before that.”

“Many teams would have folded at two goals and a man down, but not this team. We still felt that the next goal could change everything and that’s how it played out.”

“Keeping two up top really paid off and the second half performance was phenomenal. To win the game so comfortably from the position we were in tells you everything about the players here.”

“Everybody played a part in the victory and that togetherness is important for us going forward.”

“Since the very first game, we’ve set ourselves challenges and this is the next milestone for us.”

“To arrive in a Cup Final so early in our Amateur journey is credit to the players, but we want to go and win the Cup now.”

“We will treat this like we have all of the other games – focusing on our own performance and how we can affect the game.”

“It’s a Cup Final and Castlemilk are a very good side. It won’t be easy, but we go into it full of confidence.”

Young ‘Lie Squad Reach First Amateur Final

First-season Arthurlie FC Amateurs have passed their latest testing examination – and reached the final of the Jimmy Marshall Summer Cup, writes Tom Scott.

And in a remarkable coincidence for my money, their opponents will be Castlemilk OBC – these Clubs being the only two willing suppliers of regular contributions to Scottish Amateur Football News from the Scottish Amateur Football League – the oldest set-up within their grade.

Nice one!

Once again Stephen Connelly was right on the ball with his Match Report and Official Comments from the Arthurlie Camp.

Arthurlie FC Amateurs 5, Hillington AFC 2.

Line Up: Ryan Truesdale, Michael Connelly, Mikey McCready, Joe O’Hara, Chrissy Kennedy, James Wiseman, Ryan McNeill, Connor McCabe, Sean Ross, Joshua Healy, Andy Stewart.

Subs: Blair Hughes, Jamie Cochran, Jack Doherty, Lee McDonagh (All used).

Goals – Joshua Healy, Michael Connelly, Joe O’Hara, Jack Doherty, Ryan McNeill.

In an exclusive interview Stephen said “This was a huge test of character for our young squad and they passed it with flying colours.”

“We were 2-0 down in the first half and despite not being at our best, I thought that was harsh on us, given the amount of chances we created.”

“We have no complaints about the red card that went against us, it was a poor challenge, but we felt aggrieved that Hillington didn’t go down to ten for an equally poor challenge a few minutes before that.”

“Many teams would have folded at two goals and a man down, but not this team. We still felt that the next goal could change everything and that’s how it played out.”

“Keeping two up top really paid off and the second half performance was phenomenal. To win the game so comfortably from the position we were in tells you everything about the players here.”

“Everybody played a part in the victory and that togetherness is important for us going forward.”

Jimmy Marshall Cup Final.
Arthurlie v Castlemilk OBC.
Saturday, 3rd July.
Kick off – 2.00pm.
Glasgow Green.

“Since the very first game, we’ve set ourselves challenges and this is the next milestone for us.”

“To arrive in a Cup Final so early in our Amateur journey is credit to the players, but we want to go and win the Cup now.”

“We will treat this like we have all of the other games – focusing on our own performance and how we can affect the game.”

“It’s a Cup Final and Castlemilk are a very good side. It won’t be easy, but we go into it full of confidence.”

Arthurlie And Ton In Semi-Final Clash

Arthurlie FC Amateurs face a testing Jimmy Marshall Summer Cup Semi-Final against visitors Hillington today, writes Tom Scott.

Having taken the step-up from Under-21 football and then side-lined (with every other club) due to the pandemic, the Barrhead club are eagerly awaiting the prospect of being within touching distance of silverware.

Hillington will fancy their chances having topped Group A with seven points from four games against the likes of Port Glasgow Amateurs, Parkhall, Inverclyde and Carlton YMCA.

Arthurlie made terrific progress through Group B – four wins and one draw in the company of Glenburn Athletic, Neilston, St Convals, Busby, and Glynhill Moorcroft.

It has to be said a great deal of experience in the amateur ranks compared to Arthurlie, but you have to be impressed with their six-hit victory over St. Convals on Thursday, June 17. ‘Lie Coach Stephen Connelly – rapidly becoming a great source of help to Scottish Amateur Football News – gave me a rundown on the proceedings.

St. Convals 0, Arthurlie FC Amateurs 6.

Line Up: Gary Bishop, Josh Healy (Jack Doherty), Joe O’Hara, Blair Hughes, Michael Connelly, Lee McDonagh, Connor McCabe (James Wiseman), Ryan McNeill, Andy Stewart, Jamie Cochran (Sean Ross), Kyle Elrick.

Goals – Connor McCabe, Lee McDonagh, Jamie Cochran, Kyle Elrick (2), Andy Stewart.

Said Stephen: “We went into this one knowing that we were already through to the Semi-Finals, but it was important for us to get back to winning ways and complete the Group properly.”

“We were dominant for long, long spells of the match and should arguably have scored more.”

“We managed to play some decent football on what can only be described as a horrible playing surface at Linwood.”

“We are trying to keep improving as we go along and it was also important that we kept concentration to make sure of another clean sheet.”

“Coming into the tournament and the Amateur game overall, we were going into the unknown in many ways, but we have always been confident in the ability of our own squad and that’s what we’ve focused on all the way through the group stage.”

“We were quietly confident that we had enough quality to win the Group and make the Semi-Finals.”

“Now that we’ve done that, we need to set new challenges and for sure, the boys are full of confidence that we can go all the way.”

“There are no easy Semi- Finals though, and all four teams will no doubt fancy their chances here.”

“Hillington have come out of what looked to be a tough Group and with a good week of training we have prepared properly for what will be a tough, but exciting game for us.”